ARMOR PLATED - The Encyclopedia of Defensive Skills for NHB and the Street
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April 1, 2008
The oft-heard tactic ""the best defense is a good offense"" may hold true most of the time in the ring or on the street, but what happens when your opponent has the same strategy? Like it or not, you need good defensive skills to be victorious, and the best resource for them is this hard-hitting video production from Paladin Press. In it, best-selling author Mark Hatmaker has selected the most effective arsenal of defensive tactics from both stand-up fighting and wrestling, giving you the knowledge you need to keep from getting rocked by a haymaker, pounded in the mount or surprised by a nasty kick.
Hatmaker begins your instruction with basic techniques that work against any strike your opponent throws and then moves into the specifics of defending against punches, blocking kicks and even stopping elbows, knee strikes and headbutts. He then takes the fight to the ground, teaching you not only how to best protect against a grappler's ground and pound game, but also how to turn the tables and put him on the defensive. If you want to be a true fighter, a good offense isn't enough. You need a good defense. With this video, you'll not only have that defense, you'll be ""armor plated"". For information purposes only.
About the Actor
Mark Hatmaker is a lifelong student of the martial arts with more than 24 years of experience in Western boxing, wrestling, and no-holds-barred fighting. Known as The Professor of Grappling, he is widely recognized for his pragmatic, results-oriented approach to combat training. Hatmaker conducts regular seminars across the country and can be visited at his website
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The first thing he emphasizes is to relax and do not get angry during the sparring exercises with your partner when you get hit. Keeping your hands up and being alert at all times in these exercises is essential. He recommends doing one 3 minute round for each of these drills and to move around. Personally, I strongly advise you to begin with doing one minute rounds for each drill unless you are in fantastic shape. Boxing and/or grappling for three minute rounds is very grueling unless you are in incredible shape. I personally worked on some of these drills with one of my black belts and they really give you one hell of a workout. You really learn to keep your hands up during these drills. The reality of being hit is sometimes the best teacher.
The first defense taught is against the high jab. The majority of defenses for most of the various types of attacks were the same. The included the following:
The catch, slap punch, cuff to side, the slip, the pull back, the cross arm block, shoulder block and step back methods were shown to counter the high jab.
The defenses against the cross were the same but also included the cover type block. The high lead hook included the previous methods as well as duck movement. Defenses against the upper cut, low jab, and low cross was also explained.
Using pivoting and shifting methods were emphasized to defend against various attacks. How to move while jabbing and various techniques to avoid being caught on the ropes was also taught.
In the second disc, boxing clinch drills were shown and how to counter various elbow and head [...] attacks was taught. Knee and other kicking attack counters were also covered in this comprehensive DVD series.
The final part of this 150 minute series included some basic ground defenses against the mount, side mount, and guard positions.
In conclusion, there is so much information in this DVD set that this review cannot really do it justice. The information is clear and easy to follow. The drills are practical and will develop your defensive skills. However, in my opinion, without some kind of background in the basics of boxing and grappling, it would be difficult for a person to completely understand all this fantastic material. This series would work best when used in conjunction with training under an experienced instructor.
Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Pro-Systems Combatives Vol. 1,2)).